A taste of royalty in Jaipur

Sustained by the Taj, and the excellent breakfast back at the hotel, we made tracks for Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar’s abandoned fort-palace capital from the 16th century.

Our hotel in Jaipur was the shabbily genteel “haveli” of the Diggi family, also the site of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival. http://www.hoteldiggipalace.com/

Sightseeing the following morning consisted of an elephant ride upto the 16thC rajput bastion, Ajmer Fort.

 

Best approached on elephant

Being on an elephant can only be beat by one other activity: shopping. 

The evening was given over to cooking with the incredibly gracious Rathore royal family. Three generations of the Rahtores live in a lovely mansion. We sampled Safed Maas, Gatte ki kadhi, and the incomparable Batti — should be a staple starch in every cuisine even if a little decadent!

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About Shila Desai

Conceptualiser of Unpackaged Travels (www.eyhotours.com). Writer. Culinary diva when someone else does the dishes.
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